CARPHA Conference comes alive in TCI

The French village at the Beaches Resort in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) came alive last night during the official opening of the 61st annual research conference. This conference is jointly organised by the Turks & Caicos Islands Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The well attended event featured parade of flags from every country represented as well as musical and ripsaw band performances from the island’s best. The Premier of the host country, the Honourable Dr Rufus Ewing welcomed the delegates and Dr James Hospedales, the CEO of CARPHA addressed the delegates. The night indeed was a true taste of TCI culture. The conference is slated for 23 – 25 June under the grand theme of Family health…Living healthy at all ages. The focus of the conference is on management of zika infection and non-communicable diseases. Prior to yesterday, there has been other related pre-conference activities which included “DATA ANALYSIS USING EPI INFO™ 7 TRAINING WORKSHOP” and meeting with the regional Chief Medical Officers. Over the next two days, various speakers and presenters will deliver evidence-based lectures on various topics of interest to the delegates. As the principal Regional Public Health Agency for the Caribbean, one of CARPHA’s core functions is to conduct relevant research on public health priorities in the Caribbean. The Research, Training and Policy Development Unit of CARPHA also has a mandate to Promote research for health; Advise Governments and other stakeholders on research for health; Strengthen National and Regional Health Research Systems; Develop mechanisms to support priority research; and Promote the sharing of the Region’s Scientific outputs. These directives are addressed in all the Unit’s functions.
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is the principal regional institution charged with providing strategic direction in analyzing, defining and responding to the public health priorities of Member States. Research is one of its core functions and it has a responsibility to facilitate the establishment of systems that ensure that all studies conducted in its Member States comply with the highest ethical standards. These systems will include facilities for the independent review of the ethical acceptability of research involving humans to ensure that participants’ rights, dignity, safety and well-being are protected. CARPHA’s roles include building capacity in its Member States to establish and manage research ethics committees as well as hosting an independent Committee.
This year’s conference promises to be the best so far and the host country will do their best to make their visitors feel very special in their beautiful by nature paradise.

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